LUKE GALATI is a triple threat — a journalist & documentarian specializing in filmmaking, photography and writing.
He is the director of the award-winning documentary, Eastern, which chronicles the final chapter of the Eastern Commerce Saints, Canada’s most historic high school basketball program. Eastern was screened at five theatres in Toronto, including the TIFF Bell Lightbox, and was broadcasted nationally on TSN.
For three years, Luke worked as an associate producer with the Toronto Raptors’ documentary series, Open Gym.
Luke was the first ever recipient of the Moriyama Research Student position, funded by the renowned architect, Raymond Moriyama at the Japanese-Canadian newspaper, Nikkei Voice. For his work as a reporter, after his first year of university, he was recognized as one of three finalists for the 2015 Ontario Newspaper Awards’ Student Journalist of the Year.
As well, he covered Toronto FC as a photographer for two seasons. He began with the SB Nation blog, Waking the Red. By the next year, he was called up to work as a club photographer with the team during TFC’s MLS Cup championship winning season.
Luke, 25, is a graduate of Ryerson University’s School of Journalism. During his time at Ryerson, Luke was the recipient of The Del Bell Memorial Scholarship for Excellence in Featuring Writing, The Seymour Schulich Undergraduate Award in Financial Journalism & The Ross and Don McLean Memorial Award for best fourth-year documentary.
Currently, Luke is working towards earning his master’s degree in Ryerson University’s Documentary Media MFA program at Ryerson’s School of Image Arts, where he is specializing in filmmaking.
Last but not least, Luke is dedicated to coaching youth basketball in East York, which he has done for the past six years. Currently, he is working on his next film, living in Toronto’s east-end.